Cursive frontman Tim Kasher continues his graphic storytelling on sixth album Mama, I’m Swollen, out this week on Saddle Creek. He keeps it blunt and lyrically entertaining on the Omaha group’s moodiest LP yet, with song themes ranging from masturbation to tales starring Pinocchio. Kasher is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with him.
One of my favorite directors is, hands down, Mike Leigh. He has a large catalog of films dating back to BBC TV movies in the ’70s. Dialogue-driven, character-driven dramas set primarily in the working-class neighborhoods of the U.K., many of these films could translate to stage plays, while others already are; 1977’s Abigail’s Party being one of the best. His latest, Happy-Go-Lucky, came out last year and is one of the best films of 2008. And if you’re already familiar with Leigh, then yes, I am pissed about the Oscars snubbing Sally Hawkins (pictured above) for a Best Actress nod. I believe Leigh is best known for 1996’s Secrets And Lies, 2004’s Vera Drake an 1993’s Naked. All exceptional films, but I would like to recommend one of my personal favorites that doesn’t seem to receive as much attention, 2002’s All Or Nothing. It kills me.